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TAMIU Posts Enrollment, SCH Growth for Fall 2017 Posted: 10/20/17

TAMIU Posts Enrollment, SCH Growth for Fall 2017


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More students are choosing to ‘Go Beyond’ at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), and the University saw notable enrollment increases for Fall 2017, especially among first-time freshmen and graduate students.

TAMIU’s total student enrollment for Fall 2017 is 7,654, a 3 percent increase over Fall 2016 (7,416). Also, first-time freshmen enrollment, totaling 1,229, represents an historic 10 percent hike compared to last Fall.  The freshmen class comes to TAMIU from 120 different high schools, with 20% hailing from high schools outside of Laredo. 

Total semester credit hours (SCH) are up 5.2 percent, from 83,217 last Fall to 87,535 this Fall. 

Both undergraduate and graduate enrollment, including doctoral students, is up 3 percent, at 6,804 and 850 respectively.

In addition, full-time female student enrollment increased 9.2 percent over the same period last year, to 3,276 students. Full-time male student enrollment increased 2.5 percent over last year to 2,154. 

TAMIU President Dr. Pablo Arenaz said it’s an exciting time to be a student at TAMIU, as the University is quickly becoming a destination institution of higher education.

“At my investiture last year, I challenged our faculty, staff and students to join me in helping TAMIU to become a ‘destination’ university.  In witnessing this enrollment increase and knowing that more students are choosing to attend TAMIU over other universities, I think we are well on our way,” Dr. Arenaz said, noting, “Over the past year, TAMIU has earned significant accolades from independent, national publications and students are realizing that at TAMIU they can get a quality, world-class education at an affordable price.” 

Most recently, TAMIU ranked among the Top 20 Public Schools in the 2018 U.S. News and World Reports’ Best Colleges Ranking. Also, TAMIU rose four places in Washington Monthly’s national Top 10 ranking among Southern Colleges, from eighth place last year to fourth this year.

“A new, independent study by The Equality of Opportunity Project also revealed that TAMIU ranks third in the nation among colleges with the highest upward income mobility rate,” Arenaz said, “This speaks to TAMIU’s ability to transform generations of lives and by extension, to better communities, states, regions and countries.”

Further reinforcing the University’s destination status:  students are coming to the campus from 59 Texas counties, 24 U.S. states and 32 foreign countries.

Additional statistics on the Fall 2017 class include: 

The most popular undergraduate majors are Criminal Justice, Business Administration, Nursing and Biology. The most popular graduate programs are Business Administration, Educational Administration, Public Administration and School Counseling.

Countries with the highest TAMIU student enrollment include México, India, Nepal and China. Among foreign countries represented are Albania, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, South Korea, México, Mongolia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

States with the highest student enrollment at TAMIU other than Texas include California, New York, Arizona and others (Maryland, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia).

A total of 59 Texas counties are represented in the student body. Those with the highest student enrollment include Webb, Zapata, Maverick and Starr.

 Women bypassed men by 1,644 hours in enrollment by credit hour load.

 The six youngest students enrolled are all 13 years old. The oldest student enrolled is 66.

 The College of Arts and Sciences tops total enrollment by Colleges, followed by the A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business, College of Education and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.  The College of Nursing and Health Sciences welcomed its largest class in its history this Fall and Spring with 120 students, a 20% increase over last year.  This Fall semester, TAMIU Nursing begins a two-time admission cycle, with 60 students admitted each semester.

TAMIU offers more than 70 degree programs ranging from the liberal arts and business to nursing and education, among others. The student to faculty ratio is 19:1 and the female student population is 60%. 

Prospective TAMIU undergraduate students may contact the Office of Recruitment at 326.2270 or email to request a University tour or to inquire about admissions requirements. 

Students interested in enrolling in graduate programs may contact the Graduate School at 326.3020, or email

For more information, please contact the Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at 326.2180, email or visit offices located in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 268.

University office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.